Designed in accordance with the strictest and most modern standards of contemporary museum design, the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) is composed of 130,000 square feet of modern spaces.
The Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAPR) has 24 exhibition galleries distributed between the historical building in the west wing and the addition in the east wing.
The historic building serves as the main entrance to the Museum and is custodian of the MAPR permanent collection. The west wing of the MAPR is a neoclassic structure built and designed by the architect William H. Shimmelphening in 1920. This structure originally housed 1 of the 13 buildings of the Municipal Hospital, now transformed as a museum, and its conservation is part of an effort to preserve Puerto Rican art for the enjoyment of future generations. This historic building serves as the main entrance to the Museum, while housing, in 21 exhibition galleries, the permanent exhibition of the MAPR, with artworks from the 17th century to the present, which combines works from the collection, and others that belong to public and private collections.
The east wing, designed by Puerto Rican architects Otto Reyes and Luis Gutiérrez, is composed of a five-story modern structure that harmoniously integrates the historic building. This wing also has a Grand Hall, with a height equivalent to three stories, from which the visitor can access the Raúl Juliá – Banco Popular Theater, the shop, the restaurant, and the gardens. An integral part of the Grand Hall is a stained glass window by Puerto Rican artist Eric Tabales, entitled Taino Sun Rising, fashioned from oxidized glass through which the natural light from outside softly illuminates the whole area. Distributed throughout the East Wing are the Conservation Division, storage spaces and activARTE Gallery, as well as the administrative offices.
With the latest in temperature control, lighting, telecommunications and security technology, MAPR boasts a climate-controlled system that guarantees a certain level of relative humidity, assuring the preservation and conservation of its collections, as well as all of the works entrusted in its care.